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    nArchitects week 2

    By Mark Bearak
    Feb 11, '08 7:12 PM EST

    Week 2/3 - Brazilian Ministry Annex study

    Our next assignment was a two week project (we will have final presentations on Friday) For this we chose a compare and contrast of two ministries, my partner and I chose to look at the Ministry of Foreign Commerce and the Ministry of Environment. From this our proposal as been to start cutting into the existing annexes and re-imagining the program (ie, cut away a portion of the building and make a classroom)

    In order to guide our thoughts we have made a DECLARATION FOR AN ecoBRAZIL

    1. TO PROTECT OUR NATURAL RESOURCES

    2. TO EDUCATE AND ENCOURAGE ACCOUNTABILITY
    AMONGST OUR RESIDENTS

    3. TO CREATE AWARENESS OF THE DETRIMENTS AND
    BENIFITS OF INDUSTRIALIZATION

    4. TO UNITE DISPARATE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

    5. TO BREAK DOWN THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN
    PUBLIC AND PRIVATE

    6. TO CREATE POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH
    FOREIGN ECONOMIES

    7. TO CREATE A SYSTEM THAT WILL GENERATE
    POSITIVE GROWTH IN THE FUTURE

    8. TO REPRESENT THE FUTURE THROUGH
    THE USE OF RADICAL ARCHITECTURAL
    FORMS

    9. TO ADD MORE GREEN SPACES
    AND FULLY INTEGRATE ORGANIC
    AND MAN-MADE


    Our concept here is to make the developing nation of Brazil more ecologically conscious. Our hand symbol is a way to motivate Brazilians to become more ecologically friendly. Looking at the constraints of Brasilia, we can't go beyond the existing envelope of the ministry annexes. So we will simply cut away portions of the existing annexes and then add new program.

    Here is our problem. What new program should we add? How do we go beyond the banal (ie, shopping, classrooms, brothels) Keep in mind, the annexes are currently bland office spaces, basic and ritualistic. What should we add that will still stay true to our concept of ecology?



     
    • 3 Comments

    • A system not a space?

      Perhaps focusing on a more performative use or function?

      Feb 11, 08 8:19 pm
      MADianito

      nice, didnt knew Eric and Mimi had a studio this year at Columbia thats awesome, very smart cool down to earth guys, u will have great teachers, and i have to say, great friends, they're good people, hope u enjoy!

      Feb 14, 08 1:04 am

      that's a big step for narchitects - good to see they are still riding the wave

      Feb 14, 08 1:24 pm

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